In Conversation with Joe Yonan
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Elissa Altman writes PoorMansFeast.com, winner of the 2012 James Beard Award for Individual Food Blog. In her new book of the same name, Altman offers a story that marries wit to warmth, and flavor to passion. Born and raised in New York to a food-phobic mother and food-fanatical father, Altman was trained early on that fancy is always best. After a childhood spent dining everywhere from Le Pavillion to La Grenouille, she devoted her life to all things gastronomical.
But love does strange things to people, and when Elissa met Susan — with parsimonious tendencies and a devotion to simple living — it would change Altman’s relationship with food, and the people who taught her about it, forever.
Including 27 recipes, Poor Man’s Feast is a tale of finding sustenance and peace in a world of excess and inauthenticity, and shows us how all our stories are inextricably bound up with what, and how, we feed ourselves and those we love.
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